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A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing - and then tragedy strikes.

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Russell Nype ...
Dean Thompson
Katharine Balfour ...
Mrs. Barrett (as Katherine Balfour)
Sydney Walker ...
Dr. Shapeley
Robert Modica ...
Dr. Addison
Walker Daniels ...
Oliver's Roommate, Ray
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Oliver's Roommate, Hank (as Tom Lee Jones)
John Merensky ...
Oliver's Roommate, Steve
Andrew Duncan ...
Rev. Blauvelt
Charlotte Ford ...
Clerk
Sudie Bond ...
(as Sudi Bond)
Julie Garfield ...
Bystander at Harpsichord Concerto
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Storyline

Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny - and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other. When they marry, Oliver's wealthy father threatens to disown him. Jenny tries to reconcile the Barrett men, but to no avail. Oliver and Jenny continue to build their life together. Relying only on each other, they believe love can fix anything. But fate has other plans. Soon, what began as a brutally honest friendship becomes the love story of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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Love means never having to say you're sorry

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Rated PG for language and a love scene | See all certifications »

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16 December 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Historia de amor  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)

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$106,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The scenes with Oliver walking alone through a snowy New York were added after principal photography was completed. The production was almost out of money and did not have the necessary funds for permits to shoot in New York City again - so all the shots were grabbed "illegally" using a skeleton film crew and Ryan O'Neal. See more »

Goofs

When Jenny phones Oliver's dad to decline the birthday invitation, Oliver is wearing a different pair of jeans than he is wearing in the next shot when he runs in the streets looking for her. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Oliver Barrett IV: What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant? That she loved Mozart and Bach, the Beatles, and me?
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Crazy Credits

Unusually, for a movie released in the early 1970s, there were no opening credits after the title has been shown. See more »

Connections

Featured in Paramount Presents (1974) See more »

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Love Story
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Written by Francis Lai
Performed by Francis Lai & His Orchestra
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The modern tear-jerker.

The modern tear-jerker for today's audiences. By today everybody knows the story for this film; boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy discovers girl has terminal illness.

Even though I am a guy, I cried at the end of this (something very rare). Well done all around. Great acting and direction, with a brilliant music score and very well adapted from the book. Without a doubt in my mind, the greatest romance film ever made between the 1970's - the present. 10 out of 10.


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